Weeks ago, Saudi Arabia committed one of the most heinous acts of anti-journalistic revenge of all time with the horrific killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi, who had spent much of his career attempting to keep the Saudi Royal Family in check, walked into the Saudi consulate in Turkey weeks ago, never to be seen again. The details of his demise were abhorrent, with rumors of his body being dismembered alive, and then possibly carried directly through the airpot in Istanbul to be disposed of elsewhere.
A vast majority of the world has accepted that this brazen act was carried out at the behest of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman due to a glut of evidence.
Now, even after being briefed with all of the gory details of Khashoggi’s death, President Trump has apparently sided with Saudi Arabia in the matter, raising more than a few eyebrows.
The president said he understands many lawmakers would like to see a tougher stance against Riyadh “for political or other reasons” but indicated he would only accept suggested punishments “if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America,” a sign he will not approve severe punishments on the kingdom.Trending:
Trump’s announcement came in a 638-word statement issued by the White House press office. It contained eight exclamation points and began with the phrases “America First!” and “the world is a very dangerous place!”
He also repeated the Saudi government’s claim that Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and “a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.” But the president said his decision to stand by Saudi Arabia was “in no way based on that” and said he believed “this is an unacceptable and horrible crime.”
The US relationship with Saudi Arabia has long been a complicated one, due to the Middle Eastern nation’s stranglehold on the world oil industry and their consistently abhorrent record of human rights abuses.